Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the closure of all bars and restaurants in the state and a ban on gatherings of 25 or more people in a press conference with Oregon health leaders in Portland, Oregon, on March 16, 2020.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the closure of all bars and restaurants in the state and a ban on gatherings of 25 or more people in a press conference with Oregon health leaders in Portland, Oregon, on March 16, 2020.

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  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Monday calling for everyone in the state to stay at home, with some exceptions for essential workers and errands like grocery shopping. We talk with Brown about how she thought about the executive order, how she’ll know when it’s time to lift it and what the future could look like for Oregonians as we all navigate the new normal.

 

  

  • As Oregonians are ordered to stay home as much as possible, some are concerned that stress and isolation are increasing the risk of domestic violence. Crisis workers are anticipating an uptick in calls at the same time that resources to offer survivors are dwindling. We talk with Alexxis Robinson-Woods, who directs programs and services at Bradley Angle, a service provider for domestic violence survivors.

 

  

  • The rural town of Fossil in Wheeler County, Oregon, has a population of about 400. There’s only one health clinic to serve the entire county, which has the oldest population in the state. Fossil Mayor Carol MacInnes tells us how her town is handling the coronavirus pandemic.

 

  

  • Last week Major League Soccer announced that it is suspending all matches until at least the beginning of May. That means the Timbers are missing games, and the season may have to be delayed. Marco Farfan is a 21-year-old Timbers defender who grew up in Oregon. He tells us what his days are like.

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